7 Days 6 Nights
Welcome to the The Kenya under canvas safari by Neza Safaris that will give an incredible introduction to Kenya that offers sanctuary to some of the World’s most ancient and most threatened creatures. Today it hosts an incredible 56 National Parks and reserves.
Day 1: Nairobi/Arrival Kenya:
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, meet our staff, greet and transfer to Fair view on BB
DAY 2: NAIROBI – Aberdares National Park: Depart Nairobi for the Ark or similar lodge. The Ark is situated in the Aberdares National Park, deep in the mountain. This unique lodge resembles a ship; overlooking a floodlit waterhole and saltlick which is visited by a variety of animals. Often seen here are the elephants, rhino, and bushbuck. Occasionally a leopard or giant forest hog may be seen. Before driving to the Ark, lunch is taken at the Aberdare Country Club. Dinner and breakfast at the Ark. Distance approx. 150kms – 2hrs
DAY 3: Nyeri – Nakuru: After breakfast, depart for Lake Nakuru National Park as we make a stop at Thompson Falls, which is named after Joseph Thompson, one of the first European explorers who walked from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the 1880’s.We shall criss – cross the equator almost 8 times.
Arrive in Nakuru in time for lunch at Merica Hotel. The Park has a fantastic array of bird life including flamingos, white pelicans and marabou stork, all water birds that breed in the lake’s alkaline waters. You may spot white rhino and the rare Rothschild’s giraffe that has 5 horns instead of the usual three and clear instead of spotted shanks (legs).A visit to the baboon cliff offers a scenic panorama of the Lake below, surrounded by a vast tract of euphorbia and acacia forest.Makalia falls within the park are an additional attraction. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion hill. Distance Nyeri – Nakuru approx. 170kms 2hrs 30min
Day 4: Nakuru – Naivasha, Today after breakfast, we depart Nakuru with a game drive en-route to Naivasha town. On our way, Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot can be seen from afar. Optional boat ride at the crescent island (payable directly). Crescent Island is one of the few places in all Africa where you can wander on foot among herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, and giraffe because of the absence of predators.
It is here that the movie ‘Out of Africa’ was shot. Arrive at Naivasha Sopa Resort in time for lunch. After lunch optional visit to Hell’s Gate National Park. You will visit the Geothermal power plant at Ol Karia and the hot springs (payable directly). Hell’s Gate is the only park that officially allows transport by walking or bicycling.
The small perimeters of the park give you a chance to see a variety of wildlife. Hereafter you return back to Naivasha Sopa Resort for dinner and overnight. Distance Nakuru – Naivasha approx. 70kms 1hr
Day 5: Naivasha – Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Today after breakfast, we shall depart Naivasha town (Kenya’s famous horticulture town) for Maasai Mara passing maize and wheat plantations along the way. We shall arrive for lunch at Mara Sopa lodge.At 1600hrs, go for an evening game drive in this pristine unequaled big game Country. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge, Distance approx. 230kms 5hrs
Day 6: Maasai Mara, after breakfast, this will be a day of game viewing where you will carry packed lunch. Blessed with an outstanding concentration of animals and panoramic views of across the plains and dotted woodlands, the Masai Mara provides an experience unsurpassed.As the northern extension of the great Serengeti grassland, the reserve is host to the annual migration of over a million wildebeest –the most awesome wildlife spectacle on planet earth.The Mara covers an area of about 1,500 square kilometers in the south-western corner of Kenya, is not fenced and bordered on the west by the Olooloo escarpment and in the east by the Ngama Hills.The common language of the Masai is Maa in which the word Mara means spotted – referring to the clusters of the bush which dot the plains. In addition to the wildebeest and hordes of zebra which joins them in their annual pilgrimage for pastures, the Masai Mara supports the lion, cheetah, elephant, kongoni, topi, Thomson’s gazelle and the Defassa waterbuck, as well as eight species of primate.Picnic lunch will be at the hippo pool where with luck you may spot hippos and crocs basking in the sun.We may visit a Masai manyatta/village at extra cost payable directly to interact with them as they entertain you with dances as you take photos and videos where you may learn more about the Masai culture. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa lodge.
Day 7: Masai Mara, Early morning pre-breakfast game drive or optional (payable directly) early morning balloon safari followed by Bush champagne breakfast. Lunch at camp. In the afternoon there is a choice between a game drive, swimming at camp or a nature walk escorted by our armed Maasai guides. Dinner and overnight stay at Mara Sopa Lodge.
Day 8: Maasai Mara – Nairobi, After breakfast, depart Mara for Nairobi, arriving in time for complimentary lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant. Thereafter you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home marking the end of our memorable safari. Distance approx. 250kms 5hrs
If you wish to extend your stay in Kenya for a beach holiday in Mombasa, Malindi or Lamu we may arrange.
Upon arrival at JKIA airport you will be met by our staff and transferred to Fair View hotel for check in and the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Tamarind Tree hotel on bed and breakfast basis.
Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, you’ll travel towards Kenya’s fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment. You’ll pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok, and then travel across acres of wheat and barley before you reach the Masai Mara and your lodge in time for lunch. There will be an afternoon game drive. Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge on a full board basis.
Early morning game drive game drive in the reserve returning back to your camp for breakfast. After breakfast Full day spends in the park with packed lunch in search of its popular residents like the well-known predators and their opponents like the Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Hippo and the dangerous Crocodiles with a visit to Mara River. In the late afternoon on your way back to the camp, a visit to a Masai village and a school at a No Extra Cost. In the evening spend a few hours enjoying the lodges’ recreational facilities such as the swimming pool or you may take a walk with the resident lodge naturalist. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge
Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you’ll travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasai land. Now travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mau Escarpment, before arriving at Lake Nakuru. The waters here are often colored shimmering flamingo pink, from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. After lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge, depart for an afternoon game drive in Nakuru National Park before continuing to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Sarova Lion hill Lodge on full board basis.
After an early breakfast, you will depart with a picnic lunch leaving the Rift Valley behind, you continue towards Nairobi and then head south towards OlTukai Lodge. Then proceed with afternoon game drive in the park en route to the Amboseli arriving in the evening. Overnight at Kibo Safari Camp on a full board basis.
Full day in the Park. Amboseli National Park is situated near the border of Kenya and Tanzania in the south-east region of Kenya about 250 km from Nairobi. Magnificent views of snow-capped Kilimanjaro are dominant. The best time to see it, however, is early morning or just at sunset. This is Africa’s highest mountain – some call it “the rooftop of Africa”. Game drives with all meals and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp on a full board basis.
Amboseli National Park – Nairobi; Following an early breakfast, you’ll catch your last views of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro as you depart Amboseli viewing game en route to the border of the park. From here turn west to the colorful border town of Namanga, where you will find some unique Maasai beadwork. Then turn north along a good tarmac road across the beautiful and seemingly never-ending Athi Plains, arriving in Kenya’s bustling capital city of Nairobi by mid-day. Alternatively, you can be dropped at either Tarakea/Namanga Border post for a Tanzania safari extension.